I cannot remember the last time I heard a homily about Humanae Vitae.
L.A. pulpits are silent when it comes to proclaiming the truth and beauty of the Church's teaching regarding God's plan for husbands and wives.
My own people (of Mexican descent) have completely bought into the contraceptive culture. I cannot tell you how many of my primas and tias are on the pill or use the patch or inject the Depo or wear the IUD or están operadas (they've had their tubes tied).
I tell them that it's bad for them, bad for their physical health, bad for their emotional health, fatal to babies that may be conceived (due to the abortiacient nature of most contraceptives) and, most of all, deadly for their souls.
They don't want to listen. They tell me, "El Padre me dijo en la Confesión que no es pecado." [The priest told me in Confession that it isn't a sin]. How do I compete with that? He's the Padre; I'm just their overly religious cousin or nephew. Soy, para ellas, un fanático. [They think I'm a religious fanatic].
The words of the prophet Hosea come to mind (Hosea, 4:6):
" ... my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge."
Cardinal Mahony, when did you ever talk to us about Humanae Vitae? You love to talk about welcoming immigrants, paying a living wage to hotel workers, and ending the death penalty. But -- correct me if I am wrong -- what have you ever said or written about the evil of contraception? If the polls are correct, staggering numbers of the souls in your charge are contracepting and you have remained silent. In the 20 years that you have been Archbishop of Los Angeles, I have never heard these two little words -- humanae vitae -- fall from your lips.
The insolence of the sheep is the direct result of the silence of the shepherds.
I cite again the words of the Prophet Hosea (4:9):
"And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds."
Lord, have mercy on Your Church!